Africa’s largest and only pan-African free-to-air (FTA) channel, Kwesé Free Sports hosted a basketball clinic for over 200 youth, featuring former NBA player Jerome Williams, at the Teslim Balogun Stadium in Lagos on Friday, 29 September.
With the aim to promote the sport and raise interest among the grassroots, the Youth Basketball Clinic had in attendance boys and girls between the ages of 12 and 20 years from select schools in Lagos and Ogun states.
Students from Julliard Academy, Magodo; Dansol High School, Agidingbi and the Nigerian Turkish International College, Isheri amongst others gathered at the Indoor Sports Hall of the Teslim Balogun Stadium to be coached by former NBA player, Jerome Williams.
The clinic covered basic fundamentals in ball handling, dribbling, jump stops, passing and shooting.
Speaking at the clinic, Chichi Nwoko, general manager Kwese Free TV explained that “Kwese is committed to the development of basketball in Africa”, adding that Kwese Free Sports broadcasts an impressive line-up of sporting content including the NBA, Premier League, Carabao Cup, Copa Del Rey, international boxing and Formula One.
She noted that the new NBA season starts on the 17th of October, with four live games scheduled to air on Kwese Free Sports every week, including Live prime-time match-ups for the region on NBA Sundays, every Sunday from the start of the season.
The 24/7 sports channel broadcasts on terrestrial television as UHF 32 in Lagos. It is also available on Kwese TV decoder channel 285 and FreeTV channel 732 in Abuja and Jos.
Highlights of the clinic include teaching the kids about lay-ups as participants worked on basic right & left-handed lay-ups & jump shooting fundamentals.
They were also taken through jump stops/pivots & ball handling/dribbling fundamentals as well as the basic fundamentals of passing and they engaged in various passing drills.
Participants also worked on basic jump shooting fundamentals.